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Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police Endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

September 19, 2022

“We urge all citizens living in southwestern CT to join us in voting for Toni Boucher to bring about a safer CT.”

Toni Boucher, candidate for the State Senate in the 26th District, has received the endorsement of the Connecticut Fraternal Order of Police.  The 26th Senate District includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. 

“It is our honor as members of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police to endorse Toni Boucher,” said Sgt. John Krupinsky of the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police. “As the 26th District’s new state senator, Toni will be a friend of law enforcement. We urge all citizens living in southwestern Connecticut to join us in voting for Toni Boucher to bring about a safer Connecticut.”

“I am humbled by this endorsement and am truly grateful to the Connecticut State Fraternal Order of Police for their support of my campaign to become our region’s next state senator,” Boucher said. “Creating a safer Connecticut is my priority. Supporting our dedicated men and women in law enforcement is my priority.

“As a mother and a grandmother who loves public service and helping others, I want to get off the sidelines and get back involved in improving Connecticut. I am asking for the support of Democrats, Independents, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters because I know I can help to make our state more affordable and safer. I will do that by listening and building bipartisan coalitions to pass solutions which improve the quality of life for people of all ages across Connecticut.”

Boucher said she would have voted “no” on the “police accountability” bill which took away qualified immunity and tied the hands of police. Law enforcement is now prevented from pursuing repeat offenders and penalties have been removed for wrongdoing. As a result, previously safe neighborhoods are no longer safe. “Some of my neighbors have had their cars vandalized and surrounding towns have had vehicles stolen on multiple occasions.” Boucher said. The legislation has been broadly criticized for having a negative impact on police recruitment across the state.

 “The Democrat, Republican, Independent and Unaffiliated voters I listen to every day want safer streets,” Boucher said. “Many of them do not feel safe when they are pumping gas or loading groceries into their vehicles. I hear them loud and clear, and as state senator I will take that message to our State Capitol.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008. She has served as a State Board of Education member, a local Board of Education chair, and a local Selectman.

Boucher has also been the past recipient of the endorsements of both of Connecticut’s municipal and state police unions:  The Connecticut State Police Union, which represents members of the state’s police force, and the AFSCME Council 15 of the AFL-CIO, which represents thousands of law enforcement officers from dozens of Connecticut communities. Election Day is Nov. 8.  To learn more about Toni and how to volunteer, visit www.ToniBoucher.com.

Former Westport First Selectman Jim Marpe endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

September 19, 2022

“I am pleased to add my endorsement for the election of Toni Boucher to the CT State Senate in the 26th District. In addition to her positive and supportive working relationship as State Senator when I served as Westport’s First Selectman, as an 8-year member and Vice Chairman of Westport’s Board of Education, I came to admire her unflagging commitment to top quality public education for all children in our State. This support was a result of her long service and experience chairing the Wilton Board of Education, serving on the State Board of Education and as Co-Chair and Ranking Member of the CT General Assembly Education Committee. I am confident that her election will have an on-going, positive impact on the quality and continuous improvement of all school districts in our local and neighboring communities and throughout Connecticut.”

CT Independent Party endorses Toni Boucher for State Senate

September 9, 2022

Boucher pledges to “work tirelessly” for Independents and all voters to “be your voice.”

Connecticut’s Independent Party has endorsed Toni Boucher for the 26th District’s State Senate seat, which includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford. 

“Receiving the Connecticut Independent Party’s endorsement is humbling and gratifying,” Boucher said. “I am a listener, a coalition-builder and a problem-solver. I am also a mother, a grandmother, and someone with extensive private sector experience. I love public service, helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives.  If Independent, Democrat, Republican and unaffiliated voters put their faith in me again, I will work tirelessly for them as their state senator. I will be your voice.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008.  She has served as a State Board of Education member, a local Board of Education chair, and a local Selectman.

Boucher said her top issues include:

  1. protecting local control regarding residential property rights.
  2. protect and promote local control of education and parental involvement in our schools.
  3. making Connecticut more affordable through tax relief
  4. making Connecticut’s communities safer.

Her numerous public service awards include twice being named “Environmental Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and being named “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance on seven different occasions.

Boucher is a pro-choice, socially moderate fiscal conservative who supports gay rights. She has a long record of supporting education and transporting infrastructure investments.

“As a state legislator, I built strong relationships throughout our area communities with so many caring, generous, wonderful people,” Boucher said. “I also built a strong record of bipartisan legislative policy accomplishments which have helped to improve the quality of life for people of all ages across Connecticut.” 

Boucher encouraged voters of all parties as well as unaffiliated voters to visit www.ToniBoucher.com today for more information about her campaign and to learn about volunteer opportunities. Election Day is Nov. 8.

Toni Boucher Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Roe v. Wade

June 24, 2022

(WILTON, CONN.) – Toni Boucher, candidate for the 26th State Senate District, released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court decision issued today impacting Roe v. Wade:

“I am thankful that Connecticut is a state where a woman’s right to choose is already strongly protected and codified in state law. As a result of the bipartisan policies enacted in Connecticut, the Supreme Court’s ruling does not and will not change a woman’s right to choose here in our state. The Supreme Court ruling does not change anything in Connecticut, but like many of you my concern is with those in other states who are now fearful for what will happen to their right to choose and personal body freedom, as well as their concerns regarding the impact on public health in many regards. I understand that this issue is deeply emotional and personal for every person and differing personal views and beliefs must always be respected. For me personally, I have been on the record for over 20 years as a pro-choice legislator and will continue to be one if returned to office. I have and will always fiercely protect women, their health, and their right to choose.”

Toni Boucher Statement on National Gun Violence Awareness Day and the Uvalde School Shooting

June 2, 2022

(WILTON, CONN) Toni Boucher, candidate for State Senate, issued the following statement regarding National Gun Violence Awareness Day, taking place on Friday, June 3rd, and the devastating mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas and others around the country.

“Today I joined First Selectwoman Lynne Vanderslice, Wilton Police Chief John Lynch and Wilton Public Schools Superintendent Kevin Smith at Town Hall today in observance of “wear Orange” and National Gun Violence Awareness Day on June 3rd. As we look ahead to National Gun Violence Awareness Day, my heart is with the victims of far too many acts of violence, and my mind is focused on how we can work together to institute common sense public safety measures across our country to make every community safer for every person. Our entire community is feeling pain, heartache, and the desire to take action to protect our loved ones. Learning of the tragic and horrific shooting in Uvalde brought back the gut wrenching feeling so many of us felt following the Sandy Hook tragedy. There are no words to express the horror felt by the families whose very worst nightmare had become a reality. In the wake of such devastation, we must continue to share our love, as well as advocate for action to stop violence in all forms.

“As I look back on the Sandy Hook tragedy we remember every excruciating devastating detail like it was yesterday. As a member of the state Senate, I was proud to support Senate Bill 1160 on April 2, 2013, a massive bipartisan bill that addressed everything from gun safety to school policy and mental health care – a result of the collaboration of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, as well as the voices of parents, students, and constituents across the state. Together, we moved quickly to safeguard our schools by passing the most comprehensive gun bill in the country. The Governor signed it into law the next day.

“Among the many factors in our success was that the process was completely bipartisan. We had a working group of three Democrats and three Republicans, of whom I was one. Bipartisanship from both the State House and Senate was key.

“As part of this bill, we instituted universal background checks for those who purchase a gun, expanded Connecticut’s assault weapons ban, and outlawed the sale of new high-capacity ammunition magazines. We also strengthened school security and expanded mental health services. As a result, Connecticut leads the nation in gun safety measures. But our work here is not enough. Uvalde proves this.

“We must do more in Connecticut to stop all forms of violence and crime, in every city and town, and make our communities safer for everyone. On the federal level, the United States Congress must pass common sense legislation consistent with the Second Amendment and focused on public safety as we did in Connecticut nine years ago. In Connecticut, we brought all voices and perspectives together and that unity led to action. Washington must stop playing politics and instead focus on uniting people and working toward solutions with all voices and perspectives coming together. “As we look ahead to National Gun Violence Awareness Day, we pray, we share our compassion and heartache, and we also must act to achieve a safer Connecticut and a safer nation for all.”

The Honorable Toni Boucher has been Inducted into the Prestigious Marquis Who’s Who Biographical Registry

June 1, 2022

WILTON, CT — The Honorable Toni Boucher has been inducted into Marquis Who’s Who. As in all Marquis Who’s Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Long dedicated to serving on behalf of the people of Connecticut, Ms. Boucher held office as a State Senator between 2009 and 2019, during which time she functioned as the Chief Deputy Majority Leader. Originally elected to represent the 26th Senatorial District, she served on several committees, including Co Chairman of the general assembly’s Education and Transportation committees and Vice Chairman of the Finance, Revenue, and Bonding committee. Ms. Boucher previously served as a State Representative and Assistant Minority Leader for the 143rd Assembly District between 1997 and 2009.

As a state representative and senator, Ms. Boucher led numerous initiatives that focused on education. She also helped establish the 529 Plan for Connecticut, as well as preschool education programs for disadvantaged children, bilingual education reform, and other significant changes. Additionally, Ms. Boucher passed a bill mandating education regarding the Holocaust in all Connecticut public schools. Outside of her accomplishments in education, she was instrumental in crafting Connecticut’s landmark gun reform bill of 4/3/2013 in response to the Sandy Hook School tragedy on 12/14/2012. In 2017 she helped to craft the 2017 bipartisan budget that capped spending and bonding which resulted in filling the States’ Rainy-Day Fund for the first time in decades. Ms. Boucher prioritized traffic relief initiatives for all southwestern Connecticut, including its rail service, while serving on the Transportation Committee. She prevented a superhighway from being constructed through the towns and wetlands of the 26th District and widened the current roadway in its place instead. In addition, she facilitated the building of a greenway within this 30 mile stretch of land, preserved several of the remaining farms in the region and protected open space.

Ms. Boucher’s many years in public service also included serving as an Officer on the State Board of Education and as Chair of the Board of Education of Wilton, Connecticut. She later was elected to the Board of Selectmen. Previously, she spent more than 20 years in corporate management. She also owned small businesses and served on the Board of Directors for a marketing design agency in San Diego. Contributing decades of experience to the public and private sectors in developing policy, developing and managing billion-dollar budgets, and staff management, Ms. Boucher also garnered experience negotiating labor contracts and spearheading fundraising and marketing campaigns.

Leveraging her expertise, Ms. Boucher has served as the Director of Commonfund in Wilton, Connecticut, since 2015. A nonprofit asset management firm, Commonfund notably manages the investment assets of more than 1,400 nonprofit institutions worldwide. Ms. Boucher also served for more than a decade as the Director of the Commonfund Institute, which was designed by Commonfund to advance investment knowledge and best practices in financial management for long-term investors. In addition to her responsibilities as a Director, she is the Founder of a family nonprofit foundation that guides her philanthropic work.

In 2013, Ms. Boucher and co-author Stephen Hudspeth published “Ethics and the Nonprofit” through the Commonfund Institute. She has also authored numerous articles over the years and has been interviewed on radio and television about such topics as education, transportation, tax policy and investment governance best practices for the nonprofit sector.

As part of her established commitment to civic endeavors, Ms. Boucher has been active with various nonprofit and educational organizations throughout the region, including as a board member of Voices for Hope, Ms. President US, and Friends of Sherwood Island State Park. She previously served on Connecticut, and the Weir Farm Art Center and National Historic Site in Wilton. Additionally, she has served as an advisory board member for the University of Connecticut Nonprofit Leadership Institute. Giving back to her community, Ms. Boucher helped fund the completion of a skating rink in New Canaan, Connecticut in 2021. To honor her and her late husband, the rink will be named the Boucher Community Ice Rink. She has also contributed to the various nonprofits that her husband served on for many years along with various colleges and universities and Johns Hopkins University Hospital research.

Ms. Boucher received a Bachelor of Arts in foreign languages at the USD and a Master of Business Administration at the University of Connecticut. Additionally, she has held Series 7, Series 63, and Series 31 certifications through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority.

In 2018, Ms. Boucher received a Legislative Leadership Award from the Jewish Federation of Connecticut as a driving force behind the Holocaust and other genocide education mandate bills and helped it pass. She also received over two dozen additional awards, including being named Connecticut Children’s Champion seven times, Environmental Champion twice, receiving the Ambassador Award from the Council of Italian American Organizations in 2010, a Legislator of the Year Award from the Connecticut Parent Coalition for Drug-Free Youth in 2005, a Distinguished Legislative Advocate for the Arts Award from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts in 2002, 2006, 2008 and Friend of the Gifted Award from the CT Association of Gifted and Talented in 2013, 2015 and 2018.

Looking toward the future, Ms. Boucher plans to remain active in her philanthropic and public service work. She may even run for office once again.

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Boucher Receives Unanimous Endorsement for 26th Senate District Seat

May 17, 2022

Pledges to “work tirelessly” for Democrats, Republicans and Independents to “be your voice.”

Toni Boucher was unanimously endorsed for the Republican nomination for state senate by delegates at the 26th District Convention.

“I am humbled and gratified by this unanimous endorsement,” Boucher said. “I love public service, helping others and making a positive difference in people’s lives. I am deeply concerned about the direction of our state during these challenging times and can no longer watch on the sidelines.”

“Polarization, lack of bipartisanship and compromise in state politics has escalated much to the disappointment of the public. It is time to recover the lost trust in our government. We need civility in our public discourse. Free expression is a pillar of our democracy.  It is one of the reasons I am running for office this year along with protecting our schools and zoning and supporting law enforcement. I know we can do better. I will campaign tirelessly from now until November, and if Democrat, Independent and Republican voters put their faith in me again, I will work tirelessly for them as their state senator.”

Boucher served as 26th District State Senator from 2008 to 2019 and as a State Representative from 1997 to 2008.

Boucher said her top issues include:

  1. protecting parents’ rights and decisions over their children’s education
  2. protecting local control regarding residential property rights.
  3. making Connecticut’s communities safer
  4. making Connecticut more affordable through tax relief

Boucher has served as a State Board of Education member, a local Board of Education chair, and a local Selectman.

Toni is known as a tireless worker and fierce protector of the district, a champion of the people’s voices over political partisanship. She has developed strong and trusting relationships on all sides of the aisle that has benefited the 26th district.  Her moderate social views and conservative fiscal positions have won her cross over votes from democrats, unaffiliated and republicans for many years. Her numerous public service awards include twice being named “Environmental Champion” by the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and being named “Children’s Champion” by the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance on seven separate occasions.

“I look forward to reintroducing myself to voters,” Boucher said. “I am a listener, a coalition-builder and a problem-solver. I am also a mother, a grandmother, and someone with extensive private sector experience. I want to get off the sidelines and get back to helping to improve Connecticut. I am asking for your vote in November, because I know I can again make a positive difference at the State Capitol.  I will be your voice.”

Boucher is a pro-choice, socially moderate fiscal conservative who supports and voted for gay rights.

She has a long record of supporting education and mass transit infrastructure investments.

“As a state legislator, I built strong relationships throughout our area communities with so many caring, generous, wonderful people. I also built a strong record of bipartisan legislative policy accomplishments which have helped to improve the quality of life for people of all ages across Connecticut.”

The convention delegates voted for Toni Boucher because they believe this race is about trust. They trust her to serve the interests of the newly expanded State Senate 26 district and not special interest during these challenging times.

The 26th State Senate District includes Wilton, Westport, Weston, Redding and parts of Ridgefield, New Canaan, Darien and Stamford.

Visit ToniBoucher.com for more information on Toni and campaign volunteer opportunities.

Toni Boucher’s Remarks in Accepting the Unanimous Endorsement at the 26th District State Senate Nominating Convention

May 16, 2022

I am asked almost every day- Why are you doing this again Toni? Why put yourself through this?

Three words- Pride, Love and Hope

Pride of our state, love of our community and hope for the future of Connecticut.

I am proud to be your endorsed candidate and I am proud of the state that we love.

Connecticut, the constitution state on your license plate, on January 14 1639 adopted the Fundamental Orders of CT. This is arguably the first written constitution in the Western world, the Fundamental Orders – that CT would be government by the free will of its people- served as a model, first for other state constitutions, and then eventually for the nation.

Our state took pride as the envy of the country for its natural beauty, its top in the nation education, its innovations (from the sewing machine to nuclear submarines) and for its low cost of living.

Unfortunately, negative policies in Hartford have made CT increasingly unaffordable. It now has the highest combined cost of living, highest business costs and highest government overhead costs in the US. Bills that never were passed before are now sailing through that intrude in our lives and livelihoods.

The stakes are so high with our educational institutions, personal property and law enforcement under attack.  The unsustainable cost of living and working I Connecticut is putting our livelihoods and businesses at risk.

I can no longer stand by and watch our state and its people suffer.

Make no mistake, I’m in this race to win it. 

I have won races in this district with large cross over votes and have a record for getting things done. I have managed large operations and personnel in the corporate world and started small local businesses. While serving as a local board of education chair, State Board of education member, selectman, State Rep and State Senator I have helped resolve every state and local emergency presented.

I have worked hard to help people and municipalities with some of their most serious problems: from threats of shutting down train lines; destroying our major wetlands by building a new superhighway or massive overhead power lines; helping constituents confront September 11 and Sandy Hook; or getting services for their special need child or frail early parent. I have learned a great deal over the years. I have also learned that I have a natural inclination to fix what is wrong. It is what drives me- interceding for people to help solve their problems.

We are now experiencing unprecedented times which is producing a level of frustration and anger by the public rarely seen.  Polarization, lack of bipartisanship and compromise in state politics has escalated to the point that people have lost trust in their government.

It is time to recover their trust. We need civility in our public discourse and respect for people with different strongly helps beliefs and positions.  Free expression is a pillar of our democracy.  It is one of the reasons I am running for office this year along with protecting our schools, our zoning and supporting our law enforcement.

As other states lower the costs for their residents, our state has become increasingly unaffordable to live in and do business in for far too many people.  Sadly, Connecticut is one of the top states in the U.S. that has more people and jobs moving OUT than moving in.

I know we can do better and return pride to our state. To do this we must improve education – Westport and New Canaan can boast top in the nation highs schools. Let’s elevate all our schools with rigorous curriculum and give teachers the tools they need. We need to keep Hartford out of our local zoning decisions. Hands off our Homes! We must reform the police accountability bill that ties the hands of law enforcement. This law has repeat offenders stealing dozens of cars without any penalties and making our neighborhoods unsafe. We must eliminate the 8.1 % tax on gasoline and reduce home heating costs that are crippling household budgets. We must lower the tax burden on families and seniors; and create a business environment that rewards hard work and makes it easier to create jobs.

I proudly accept your endorsement because there is still so much to love about Connecticut. It is our home and worth the fight. Yes, this will surely be a tough race with more democratic votes within this newly expanded district. But, make no mistake, I am in this race to win it! I pledge to campaign tirelessly from now until November, and if Democrat, Independent and Republican voters put their faith in me again, I am certain we can win back this seat! When that happens, I will proudly serve as your State Senator for the 26th and strive to make the Connecticut we love better for all of us.

Nomination by Matt Raimondi at State Senate 26 Convention

May 16, 2022

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. My name is Matthew Raimondi, I’m from Wilton, and I would like to nominate Senator Toni Boucher for the 26th district.

We all know Toni – her accolades and accomplishments are almost too long to list. She’s a mother to 3 wonderful children and 6 grandchildren. She’s a successful businesswoman and wonderfully generous philanthropist. And, as some of you may know, she’s also an extraordinarily accomplished public servant. Toni was the Chairman of Wilton’s Board of Education – during a time, I might add, when Wilton schools were first in the state. Toni went on to the board of Selectman and was appointed by a Governor to serve on the State Board of Education. She was then elected to the CT State House, where she served for 12 years before being elected to the State Senate in 2008. During that time Senator Boucher championed education, open space, farms, our trains, public safety, local control of our property rights, and fiscal responsibility.

Her story is one of impressive success, but it is also uniquely American. You see Toni didn’t come from boundless wealth or a political dynasty. Her success wasn’t delivered on a silver platter. Toni was born on a small farm in Italy – her first job was supervising the sheep dog at the family farm. Over time, her parents were able to escape poverty for the New World, for the United States. And despite these humble beginnings, Toni wanted to give back and serve the people. She looked at her own early difficulties and determined to never let people face the hardships that she and her family had.

While Toni’s accomplishments are very impressive, I know Toni in another way. Perhaps people here know her in this way too. I know her as a mentor. I’m grateful that Toni took, and takes, the time to mentor me. When my wife and I moved back to Wilton a few years ago, I wanted to get involved in our town’s governance. Over a long lunch, and many other meetings after that, Toni gave me invaluable advice – advice which actually helped inspire me to run, and win, a seat on Wilton’s Board of Finance. Today I work hard to make sure fiscal prudence pervades our budget. It’s hard – the democrats sure don’t make it easy – but when you believe in something, you fight for it. I learned not just how to fight fairly and with civility, but how to win from Toni. If I’ve had success, it’s because Toni taught me how to get things done. State Rep Tom O’Dea will tell you she did the same for him.

Toni has amongst the most impressive resumes in the game– and I think it’s fair to say she’s earned a break from politics. But things have become serious–we’re asking a lot from her.  But, we need Toni back in Hartford right now. We need Toni’s expertise to protect local control of education and respect parental involvement in our schools. We need Toni’s oversight to protect local control of our homes and property rights. We need Toni’s dedication toward making CT’s communities safer and supporting law enforcement. And in this time of rising inflation, we need oni’s eyes on the finances to help make CT more affordable. We also need Toni’s positive relationships she has built on both sides of the aisle to give us a stronger voice on our pressing issues.

Mr. Chairman, Delegates of this Convention, it’s time to bring the experts back to fix the failures of Hartford and to give us a stronger voice. And it’s because of that, that I nominate Senator Toni Boucher for the 26th district.

Statement by Toni Boucher on the Supreme Court Roe v Wade Leak

May 12, 2022

The leaked Supreme Court opinion doesn’t change anything in Connecticut; a woman’s right to choose is fully protected under state law that has been in place since the 1970s.

No matter the outcome of the Supreme court decision on Roe V Wade (and the outcome is yet to be decided), our state protects the right to choose because both sides of the aisle have voted to do this including me. It has been codified and I have been on the record for over 20 years as a pro-choice, pro-women’s rights legislator and will continue to be one if returned to office on November 8, 2022.

I feel strongly that we should respect all sides of this very personal issue and not criticize or demean those with different and strongly held beliefs and positions. We need civility in our public discourse. Free expression is a pillar of our democracy.  It is one of the reasons I am running for office this year along with protecting our schools and zoning and supporting law enforcement. I know we can be better.